Posts Tagged ‘S/S’12 Trends


Metro Style Column – Transitional Tweed

Hello all,

Here’s this month’s Metro Herald Column:

Transitional Tweed

The summer sales are all but over and the new season collections are arriving in stores on a daily basis. As a rule I prefer the autumn/winter trends; they’re all warm colours, layers and textures so normally I wouldn’t have a problem prepping my wardrobe for winter.

But then I remember that I haven’t fully prepped it for summer yet, and because I refuse to believe that 2012 is going to be one long autumn/winter, (I’m holding out for an Indian summer). So it seems, dear readers, it is time to talk about transitional trends. Rather than trying to come up with a plethora of pieces that will still look chic when worn with black opaques, I’m looking at one trend instead; tweed.

It’s the staple cloth of the country set and the fabric that revolutionised the Chanel suit. Tweed, and in particular bouclé tweed, is big for A/W’12. But if you want to buy it now, it can be easily translated into summer wear if you style it right. The easiest way to incorporate tweed into your wardrobe is to add a jacket, but far from the prim, traditional styles, this year’s tweed jackets are laid back, functional and painfully cool.

This Yasmin Velloza cropped jacket, (pictured, part of suit €740) makes for pretty perfect transitional Tweed. I’d wear it with these Sandro shorts (pictured €135.00 from BT2) and a white cami for summer. Come winter, leather jeans and a pale denim shirt would complete my look.

However, I can’t think of a better way to wear the tweed trend through all seasons than in this Warehouse coat (pictured €124). The pretty colour and contrast sleeves give the quintessentially sixties cocoon shape, a fresh modern twist. Pale enough to wear on summer evenings and stylish enough to team with patent leather flats and a mini beehive for winter.


Whisty Xx


New Shoes.

Hello All!

Thought I’d share my summer essential fashion accessories -or shoes – with you… a mixed bag with Steal, Deal and Fo’ Real price tags too.

STEAL: Black Suede Hi Top Hidden Wedge Trainers

£24.99, New

DEAL: Snake Skin Leather Heels with Gold Toe Tip

£49.99 New

FO’ REAL: Ice Cream-Shades, multi-buckle flats

€220.00, Kurt Geiger @Brown Thomas

This last pair actually look pretty badass with black opaque tights. I wasn’t sure they would because they’re such a summer shoe, but great; that’s them being worn through ’till Christmas then. There is no better way to update your wardrobe, and bring your fashion credentials up to the minute than by buying new-season shoes.

Put your best foot forward people!


Whisty Xx


Brilliant White: How to Wear it Right – Whisty’s Metro Column


For those of us who don’t commute first thing in the morning in Dublin, here’s the latest Metro Herald column, How to Wear all-White, right.

Irish summer fashion tends to be a tale of two extremes, half of us are pulling on wellies, denim shorts and Parkas, while the other half are matching fascinators and clutches to Duchess satin dresses. However, in creating all-white ensembles for their S/S’12 collections, designers like Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith and Stella McCartney (pictured, available at Brown Thomas) have inspired a fresh summer look.

For most of us the wearing of head-to-to white is usually the preserve of sacrament and ceremony. Thankfully this season’s all-white look is more classic-chic and elegance, than pure, unspoilt innocence. We’re not talking about pretty white dresses here, this fashion statement focuses on carefully chosen separates, like tailored trousers and city shorts, (pictured Hobbs €125) loosely-structured blazers and tuxes. (pictured Warehouse €78).

It is about balancing out the girlishness of white with fine, natural fabrics like silk, cotton, leather and Bouclé Tweed. It’s about keeping your silhouette sleek, simple and grown up.

You’re not aiming for a precious princess communion look. NB: Frills and ruffles must be worn with care, if at all. But on the other hand, don’t go for tight-fitting pieces either, choose well-tailored separates to flatter your figure; this look is laid-back, not try-hard.

Choosing simple accessories; plain white fedoras, (pictured River Island €20) flats (pictured Dune €180) and subtle shades are casually summery; if you wear a watch make it white or gold, and masculine (pictured €335 Certina at Brown Thomas), leave the sparkles at home.

If you’re going for all-white then it has to be pristine as do your hair and tan, wearing all-white means you will get noticed. Finally, the right underwear is essential, white shows through almost as much as black so your only option is skin-coloured underwear, under white.

The optimist in me still believes that we’ll get our week or two of summer so I can indulge in this trend. Can you remember a summer day where the threat of being splashed by a dirty puddle didn’t exist? Yeah, me too… Sigh…


Whisty Xx


This months Metro Herald Style Column

Hey All,

Here’s my monthly Blogger Style column from the Metro Herald.

Metro Life is taking style advice from the people who really
know their stuff, with a rotating panel of bloggers giving
their top style tips. This week it’s fashion fiend Whisty of

Even though we all own at least one pair, jeans are only really a trend-focus when a new shape has arrived. For example, as the skinny landed, off went the low-rise boot cut, in much the same way as it’s taper-legged forefather ten years before hand.

When the new jean shape arrives, so does the realisation that our go-to favourite pair will no longer suffice, and panic sets in. But go along with it you must, because rare is the item of clothing that can inform the world just how ‘last year’ you are as succinctly as your old jeans can.

This season however jeans are in focus not because we have a new shape but because we have a new colour. And not just one; from brilliant devil red at AWear (pictured €38) to sea foam green at Warehouse (pictured €52) jeans are anything but stone wash blue in 2012.

This season we have as much choice in the colour of our jeans as we do in the tops we’re wearing them with. But herein lies a problem, it is one thing deciding that you’re going to try, say for example, lilac jeans from Asos (pictured), but what do you wear them with? Our blue / black denims go with everything, but those Watermelon coloured Hudson jeans from Brown Thomas (pictured €220)…? I’m not so sure.

I have discovered however, that teaming summer jeans with classic pieces that are already in my wardrobe seems to work. Breton tops for example, with their classic navy and white stripes balance out vibrant denim perfectly. And for paler pastel-toned jeans (see pale peach at Warehouse pictured €52), classic white vests and blazers create a sugary summer pallet. Leather biker jackets are also perfectly suited to bright denim, balancing out feminine colours with edgier lines.

Plus by teaming them with a pair of heels and some chunky gold jewellery, you’re ready for a night out with the girls. Try doing that in your stone-washed boot cuts… they probably wouldn’t let you out of the taxi.


Whisty Xx


This Month’s Metro Herald Style Column


In case you missed it, here’s this month’s Metro Herald style column.

Metro Life is taking style advice from the people who really know their stuff, with a rotating panel of bloggers giving their top style tips. This week style connoisseur Whisty of returns

“ONE of the most interesting things about fashion blogging is getting to see clothing collections before they’re released into stores. Shops like Oasis, Penneys / Primark and River Island get in touch twice a year and invite bloggers, fashion editors and stylists to view their collections for the coming season.

If you’ve ever watched The Devil Wears Prada, you will know the cerulean speech – when magazine boss Miranda Priestly tells assistant Andy exactly how it was that she came to wear a blue sweater that day. The gist of it being, that although Andy thinks she has made a sartorial choice that separates her from her fashion mag colleagues, as Miranda explains, she is in fact, very much a part of the fashion chain, albeit the weakest link.

Another point about the speech is how trends filter down from designers to the high street and so on. Collections are shown at international fashion weeks about six months in advance of the season. From there you can see how trends, styles and colours have all been translated from the designer collections to the high street a month or two later.

For example, one trend that was big on the catwalks for SS2012 was the peplum; a kind of mini frill attached to a top or a skirt that sits on the hips. Designers like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Nina Ricci and Jason Wu all did versions of the peplum.

By the time the high street collections were launched, just about  every shop had a version in their collections.

Clockwise from top left; AWear, Dorothy Perkins, ASOS, Topshop


Whisty Xx


A Style Post – Tropical Print Dress and two-strap shoes.

Hi All,

S/S’12 and all those great new trends and colours we’re yet to wear! I wear black and navy blue so often that I long for bright colour pops when spring comes around.

Trend-wise I love the Tropicana prints at Stella McCartney, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dior. Tropical prints featuring palm trees, parrots, surfers and even mermaids (Versace), in shades of bluem green, colablt and teal.

Colour-wise, I love the  shades of rich blues and greens; I presume that when Spring / Summer colours are presented each year very often they’re pale pastel shades so as not to alarm us? Pretty but also pretty plain. I prefer the bold strong colours that filter through as the season progresses.

And boy am I getting ready to wear them. The dress is vintage, it was knee-length and I chopped and hemmed it to mini-skirt perfectios, the pockets are awesome, more pockets in dresses please! – to anyone who’s listening…

Now I’m of the nearest Tiki bar for a piña colada, while I wait for some tropical sunshine.

Dress & Bag, ORVintage

Shoes, Zara


Whisty Xx

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